David Kersten became dean of North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago in 2012. Ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), he began at North Park following 11 years serving as executive minister of the Ordered Ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. While serving in that role, he oversaw the credentialing, care and discipline, and continuing education of the ECC’s 1,900 credentialed ministers. Kersten has extensive experience in the ecclesial community as pastor, denominational executive, and now in the academy. He has served as pastor to congregations in Alabama, Florida, Washington, and Minnesota.